Smokin’ Joe Frazier was one of the greatest boxers of all time. In 1968, Frazier converted a North Philadelphia lumber warehouse into the Cloverlay Gym.
He trained here for the duration of his legendary career, living in a modest apartment above the gym after amassing one of boxing’s most celebrated career records of 32-4-1.
His 1971 victory over Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century” is still considered one of the sport’s most epic bouts.
Designation as a Philadelphia landmark protects the gym from negative alterations and demolition, and National Register of Historic Places listing makes available federal historic tax credits on qualified rehabilitation costs.
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